Tuesday, 27 September 2011

DIY scrabble rings

I've wanted a Scrabble ring for ruddy ages now, but every time I see them I think to myself: '£3.99? I could make them for so much cheaper than that.'

So I have.

And here's how you can too:

1) Buy some cheap Scrabble sets. I found mine in charity shops (for £2) and at car boot sales (25p).

As you can see, these are all different colours, so if you're planning on making words out of your Scrabble rings then make sure you're wearing all the same colour.

2) Buy some adjustable rings. I bought mine from Topping Crafts on eBay because they were the cheapest at £5.76 and had free delivery (all the way from Hong Kong-a-tron).

3) Get some good glue.

I've used UHU contact adhesive because it's designed especially for glass and fibre, which works perfectly with the glossy surface of the Scrabble tiles.

4) Lay newspaper (or whatever) down, and get gluing!

It's really that simple.

I was excited about having a ring with my name on it (finally!).. But having too many rings on looks a tad ridiculous. So I soon discovered that three-letter "words" look the best.

It was so simple that I was inspired to try out some other ideas. And I found some mis-matched domino pieces in my favourite British Red Cross for only £1...

A few people have asked me if I'd like to sell them.

And I would.

But I know how cheap they are to make and how annoyingly expensive they are so I'll sell them for only £1.50. If you'd like to buy a Scrabble or Domino ring then please email me at: sexshoppingandchocolate@hotmail.co.uk..

Or if not, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have made your own!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

LOOK Lounge at Westfield Stratford

It's hot. Our mouths are dry. And I'm rocking from side to side in rhythmn with the small electric fan.

No, I'm not on holiday. I'm not in some sweaty foreign country.

I'm in the fabulous LOOK magazine Lounge at Westfield Stratford.

The shopping centre has only been open a mere nine hours, but it's heaving. Full of people rushing around with shopping bags/prams/families. But here we are, sat in the calm (albeit hot) LOOK magazine Lounge, like our own mini mirage. A piece of quiet calm surrounded by sartorial chaos.

But over the next few days this bright and colourful paradise will too become chaotic and energised. There will be a whole host of fabulous events, including free hair styling and manicures, talks with the LOOK team, and Q&A sessions with bloggers such as Catwalk Queen and Mademoiselle Robot.

Intrigued? Here's the full programme:

Tuesday 13 September

10am-8pm Access for bloggers only

Wednesday 14 September

12-8pm Pampering beauty treatments by Filthy Gorgeous
2.30-3.30pm Q&A session with fashion blogger, Mademoiselle Robot

Thursday 15 September

12-2pm Hair styling by Toni & Guy
2-3pm Q&A session with fashion blogger, Coco's Tea Party
4-5pm Q&A session with fashion blogger, Style Clone
6-7pm Q&A session with fashion blogger, Catwalk Queen

Friday 16 September

12-8pm Fabulous manicures by Nail Inc

Saturday 17 September

12-8pm Access for bloggers only

Sunday 18 September

12-5pm Hair styling by Cloud 9

Monday 19 September

1-2pm Talk and Q&A session with Look's Beauty Editor, Sophie Beresiner on her beauty blog for Look Good, Feel Better
3-4pm Autumn Winter trend talk with Look's Fashion Director Hannah Hughes
4.30-5.30pm Autumn Winter trend talk with Look's Fashion Director Hannah Hughes
6-7pm Q&A session with fashion blogger, Catwalk Queen

It's going to be super popular, so make sure you book yourself a session - just pop in to make your appointment or email looklounge@ipcmedia.com.

Right, now I'm off for a frozen smoothie...